How to Name Your Boat

Mark Dryden-WebArticle by: Mark Dryden, Harbourmaster

Spring is on the way (no trust me, it really is) and we are starting to think more about all things nautical.  New boats may be on the horizon, which will lead to a new set of adventures.

Take a look at these names: Knot on Call, Deep Ship and Unsinkable II.  These are names I have seen in almost every port I have visited; my least favorite is “Unsinkable II;” it just tempts the fates (you already lost “Unsinkable”).  As a sailor, I know better than to tempt any fate.  Sailors are a superstitious bunch and boat names mean a lot to us. Part of the deal with my wife on getting a boat was that she could name it, but she had to follow the guidelines below.

As a boater, you have a rite of passage to christen your watercraft with a fitting name, and as the above examples show, this glorious tradition allows for a healthy dollop of creativity, humor and some whimsy.

Even though the options seem limitless, dreaming up just the right name can be stressful. After all, unlike celebrity children, boats cannot be called just anything. When your vessel’s name is prominently tattooed on its haunches, it’s got to leave a good impression in its wake.  That’s exactly why it pays to have some help, a rudder on your route to tagging triumph.

Here are 5 easy guidelines to naming your next boat:

  1. Harbour News_Think About SafetyThink about safety
    Although I made a briny ballyhoo over the creative possibilities of naming your boat, there is a good reason to remain at least somewhat practical. In an emergency, you’ll need to be able to effectively relay your boat’s name to the Coast Guard and you don’t want any miscommunication (your life could depend on it). That’s why names with 1-2 syllables that roll off the tongue are typically the safest. While My Ex-Wife Got the Mansion or Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat might get you chuckles around the marina, you assume some added risk by choosing them. Try saying the boat name in the picture 3 times!
  2. Harbour News_Avoid ClichesAvoid clichés
    If you’ve ever set foot on a dock, you’ve probably seen hackneyed handles such as Second Wind and Aquaholic floating by. Sure, these are easy fallbacks when naming your boat, but do they apply to you? I mean, are you truly an Aquahol connoisseur or merely a social boater? These are the tough questions you have to ask yourself. The best boat names reveal something unique about the boater. Especially if you’re new to the boating world, having a memorable, thoughtful name for your boat can be the best way to integrate yourself into the nautical community.
  3. Consider a woman’s touch
    The best boat names don’t get too cute or force something jokey.  If you are stuck, nothing is quite as tasteful or timeless as using a female name for your boat.  Need more reason?  Well, aside from the fact that every boat is a “she” at heart (just a core principle of maritime genetics), according to some experts, giving human traits to inanimate objects can inspire more responsible, attentive ownership — which could mean fewer costly repairs. Whether you are inspired by your wife, daughter, mother or grade-school lunch lady, naming your boat after an important woman in your life never goes out of style.
  4. Harbour News_Watch How You Portray YourselfWatch how you portray yourself
    Just as driving a sports car with the vanity plate “SPD DMON” might grab a cop’s attention; naming your boat Feeling Nauti or 3 Sheets might get you unwanted attention from authorities like the Coast Guard, or simply repel fellow boaters who, frankly, aren’t feeling as nauti. By all means, be playful with your boat’s name — just remember that ultimately it’s a reflection of you.
  5. Take your time
    It’s hard to wait with your boat just sitting there begging to be enjoyed. But you will regret a hasty name choice you are not proud of. Comb the depths of your mind for something that speaks to you, such as a favorite location or special detail about your watercraft.  Even if it’s a word or phrase whose importance is a bit more cryptic — like an old pet’s name or obscure song lyric— that can be OK too (again, as long as it’s easy to say and fairly tasteful). The possibilities could fill an ocean, but you have to wade through some seaweed before you get to clear water.

Oh, There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Thank you to all our members who adorned their homes in holiday spirit this season! Their home decor, paired with our club decor, truly made our sunny 75 degree Christmas Day a festive one!  Here are just a handful of the homes with decorations…

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Making Spirits Bright

This past weekend, we welcomed all our Wexford children and grandchildren to participate in our annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest.  The competition is always tough- and this year was no exception. Our children decorated 29 houses showcasing their creativity and holiday spirit!

Following the decorations, Santa’s sleigh arrived!  He greeted and took pictures with all our families…then headed out to the golf course for a little driving range action.

From our Wexford family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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Winter Wonderland

“A Beautiful Sight, We’re Happy Tonight, Walking in a Winter Wonderland”

This past weekend, we hosted our annual Member Holiday Party, with a Winter Wonderland theme. The party exceed everyone’s expectations from the menu to dancing under the stars!

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This year’s party was much different than year’s past; the menu featured grand hors d’oeuvres displays, butler passed items, raw bar, sushi roller and more of Chef Frank’s delicious creations. Afterwards, flambeed specialty desserts were “fired” up, to include both edible sweets and cocktails.

Passed Hors d’oeuvres // Gougeres with Aged Cheddar; Lobster and Asparagus Tempura Bites; Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry with Rosemary Cream 

Vegetable Station // Miniature Vegetable Crudité; Steamed and Chilled: Asparagus, Broccoli, Tricolor Cauliflower- Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette; Miniature Individual Salad Presentation; Chef’s Choice Grilled and Roasted Vegetables

Raw Bar // Lobster Tails, Split with Drawn Butter; Crab Salad Cocktails; Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail; Oysters on Half Shell x 2- East and West Coast; Tuna Tartar, Smoked Salmon

Sushi Station // Hand Rolled Sushi, Chef from Hinoki; Various Rolls, Sashimi, Traditional Accompaniments; Edamame, Seaweed Salad

Charcuterie, Cheese and Artisanal Breads // Various Selections of Cured Meats, Artisanal Cheeses, Breads and Crackers with Fresh Berries, Honey, Fruit Pastes

Beef Carving Station // Prime Beef Tenderloin; Horseradish Aioli, Chive Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce, Soft Miniature Rolls; Grilled Asparagus Tips, Hollandaise; Baby Roasted Potatoes

Lamb Station // Grilled Lamb Chop Lollipops; Moroccan Style Lamb Meatballs; Cous Cous with Pine Nuts and Dried Fruit; Mango Chutney, Mint Jelly, Naan Bread

Following dinner, the dance floor became the party’s center stage. This was definitely the party of 2016! Can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year…

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Twas the Lights Before Christmas

This year’s holiday boat parade was the LARGEST to date!  We had 11 boats decked in holiday cheer, including garland, mistletoe, Santa, snowmen…and of course – lights! Decorated boats were complete with costumes, festive cocktails and holiday treats. Twas certainly the best light show on the water yet!

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Golf Course Industry Magainze, Crash Course

chris-neffOur own Chris Neff, Director of Greens & Grounds, was recently featured in Golf Course Industry magazine, offering an inside look at how Wexford Plantation prepared for and is overcoming Hurricane Matthew.

Click here to read the full article.

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Huge KUDOS to Chris and his Team for all their efforts these past couple months, as we continue to restore our beautiful community!

Hollywood Comes to Wexford

4Every year, the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation hosts a themed charity gala and auction- this year’s theme was Hollywood, complete with bright lights and a celebrity guest.

On Friday, November 4, the Foundation rolled out the red carpet for 140 Wexford members, along with special guest Tom Berenger and his wife, for an unforgettable evening. Tom Berenger, well-known for his roles in Major League, Inception, Last Will, The Big Chill, Betrayed and The Dogs War (just to name a few!) took photos and mingled with the members throughout the night, as they all enjoyed dinner, a live and silent auction, live music by Deaz Guyz and dancing.

Much thanks to their generous sponsors, donations and the Wexford members, the preliminary net proceeds from that evening were just over $68,000.

If you are interested in making a contribution to the Foundation, or if you would like to recommend a charity for consideration, please contact Jim Hicks, Chairman of the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation, at chairman@wexfordfoundation.com.

 

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Golfweek’s Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S.

We are proud to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Wexford’s Arnold Palmer Signature Course was recognized as one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. by Golfweek. The announcement is featured in their annual “Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes.” 

To view the complete list, visit Golfweek.com.

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